I just returned from a conference called Online Information (they must be from the early net days when the combination of these words must have seem revolutionary) where I was speaking at a session about adding value to intranets. My spiel was about blogs in general and internal blogs in particular. I have been asked to step in for someone else only a couple of weeks ago and I am glad I managed to rally and put something together.
My main point was that all the projects whose objective is to stimulate information sharing, collaboration, creativity and innovation within companies have to be aware that they are working on a human solution, not a technological one. The implementation and the format of the solution has technological aspects but these will amount to nothing is the basic unit of a company, the individual, is not taken into account.
I enjoyed talking about blogs and what they are capable of to an audience consisting of people who can actually put them to good use and make a difference. I got a chance to have a quick chat with a few of them afterwards and look forward to hearing from those who found my talk interesting enough to get in touch. There is a lot more, where that came from!
Oh, one of the people who approached me handed me a little leaflet saying: You’ve been blogged! Marvellous! There is a blog covering the conference, Infotodayblog.com and it’s a good one. (But no permalinks, as Christina’s LIS Rant points out.)
Update: Here is the presentation in full. It’s PowerPoint, so hold your horses.